Fire Investigator

Texas Department of Insurance

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is a state agency responsible for both consumers and the insurance industry. We work to fulfill our legislative mandate to regulate the insurance industry, administer the Texas workers’ compensation system, and promote a healthy insurance marketplace, while also protecting the people and businesses that are served by insurance. We take our responsibility to Texans seriously and strive for excellent customer service through our professional attitude, competence and efficiency.

Important notice: Read before you apply

Veterans’ Preference:

To receive veterans’ preference, applicants must provide at least one the following documents with their State of Texas Application:

  • a copy of the DD 214, member #4;
  • a statement of compensation from the Veterans Benefits Administration; or
  • a copy of the DD 1300.

Applicable Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes are included, but not limited to the following: 31B, 31, FC, 401, INV, 58, 5821, 750K1, 71SX.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at:

http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_InspectorsandInvestigators.pdf

Current Opportunity: Fire Investigator

Internal/External for TDI Employees and General Public

The Fire Investigator investigates fires to determine origin, cause and circumstances and participates in complex criminal investigations of fire related offenses including arson, homicide and insurance fraud. This position also provides community outreach and prevention programs, public speaking at fire departments, police departments and sheriff’s offices.

This position:

  • works in hazardous environments while wearing personal protective equipment, including a respirator;
  • accurately interprets burn patterns and a mixed matrix of other evidence common to the fire investigation process;
  • documents, collects, packages, secures and transfers physical evidence to ensure proper chain of custody;
  • photographs and diagrams fire scenes;
  • maintains weapons proficiency as determined by the agency;
  • assists with complex criminal investigations of fire related offenses including arson, homicide and insurance fraud;
  • effectively communicates with a wide variety of persons from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • interviews witnesses, interrogates criminal suspects and takes sworn statements;
  • detains and arrests persons involved in criminal activity as appropriate;
  • prepares detailed case reports which include diagrams and photographs;
  • files criminal charges with prosecutors and magistrates as warranted;
  • testifies as an expert witness in court and before grand juries;
  • instructs fire service, law enforcement and insurance personnel as directed;
  • conducts public demonstrations, community outreach and fire prevention activities; and
  • assists with special projects.

Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in a field related to assignment.  Education and experience may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.

Additionally, this position requires:

  • three years of experience in criminal investigation or fire investigation work;
  • certification by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) as a Peace Officer;
  • certification by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) as a fire/arson investigator or the ability to obtain the fire/arson investigator certification within six months of employment;
  • successful qualification with applicable firearms prior to employment offer;
  • working outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions;
  • driving for extended periods of time, often in remote areas;
  • successful completion of all training assignments, including the field training program;
  • compliance with state and federal safety standards related to fire investigation;
  • relocating to meet the operational needs of the agency as required;
  • the investigator to reside in a county within their assigned district;
  • extensive stooping, kneeling, crawling, crouching, reaching and shoveling, and climbing a ladder; and
  • final candidates meet screening criteria for respirators and other safety equipment.

Preferences for this position include:

  • experience in arson investigations; and
  • TCOLE intermediate peace officer certificate.

This position requires demonstrated knowledge of:

  • personal computers and software including word processing and electronic spreadsheets;
  • fire and fire safety investigation process;
  • NFPA 921 (National Fire Protection Association) and NFPA 1033;
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards;
  • Texas Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure and major decisions related to fire investigations; and
  • accepted courtroom procedures related to witness testimony.

This position requires demonstrated skill in:

  • problem solving and decision making;
  • interpreting burn patterns on a fire scene;
  • conducting, organizing and managing criminal investigations; and
  • interviewing witnesses and interrogating criminal suspects.

This position requires the demonstrated ability to:

  • apply critical thinking to evaluate, analyze and interpret information;
  • use relational databases and tracking systems knowledge of fire and the fire investigation process;
  • make sound decisions;
  • work independently and with minimal supervision;
  • have a high degree of integrity in a position of public trust;
  • communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with all employees and the general public;
  • develop and maintain effective working relationships with fire service, law enforcement and insurance representatives;
  • pass a respirator fit-test; and
  • lift materials up to 75 lbs, bend, crawl, kneel, reach, stoop, shovel, climb a ladder, and perform other strenuous physical activity required of the job.

EMPLOYMENT WILL BEGIN ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.

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